Since Tomi Lahren’s first episode of The Blaze TV’s “Final Thoughts” in November 2015, the 24-year-old self-proclaimed “constitutional conservative” has garnered one of the biggest political platforms on social media.
Almost everyone with a Facebook has stumbled upon Lahren’s often-controversial and frequently-heated videos in their news feeds — launching her young career into the spotlight.
However, Lahren’s also been inundated with attention from her appearances on other shows, particularly those with opposite political views from her own like “The Daily Show” and “The View.”
Although she’s clearly unafraid to debate any left-leaning individual on policies, politicians, and beliefs, it’s obvious that she thrives on her own platform, voicing her support for right-winged principles on culturally hot topics:
But like any guest, Lahren’s demeanor seems to adjust, or mellow out, when she appears on other shows.
During Friday’s episode of “The View,” Lahren discussed a range of topics revolving around the current presidential administration — which she fully publicly supports — in a civilized and unheated manner.
The women brought up Trump’s highly-contested travel ban, and the ladies all seemed to actually agree on one thing — that Saudi Arabia should be on the no-travel list as well.
And when investigations into Russian ties with the Trump administration and wiretapping accusations were brought up, again, Lahren may have disagreed with most of the women on calls for a government investigation, but she did so without visibly triggering anyone’s emotions on the show.
However, when women’s rights and Trump’s sentiment towards women came up, Lahren opened up about her surprising stance on the matter, saying:
“I’m pro-choice, and here’s why. I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government so stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body, as well.”
Needless to say, the revelation wasn’t just a shock to “The View’s” co-hosts:
A lot of people were completely taken by surprise … hopefully sans coffee:
When you're hate-watching Tomi Lahren on The View, but then she says she's pro-choice pic.twitter.com/mT31FviMmW
— Brennan Staaf (@BrennanStaaf) March 17, 2017
Many don’t believe her values align at all anymore:
Just gonna leave this one here: @TomiLahren, one cannot be conservative and pro-choice. The two are incompatible.
— Brittany Hughes (@RealBrittHughes) March 18, 2017
And some condemned her pro-choice stance altogether:
Tomi Lahren I'm PRO-CHOICE, too!
CHOOSE to keep your child
CHOOSE to allow your child to be adopted.
ABORTION=MURDER/Not "a choice"
— ?Always?TY!? (@bakrawiec) March 17, 2017
While insisting that “constitutional conservatism” is dedicated to protecting all lives:
The revelation perplexed more than a few:
Tomi Lahren lambastes abortion with righteous indignation only to reveal she's pro-choice. This is your "principled conservative leader"? ??
— Kareim Oliphant (@kareimoli) March 17, 2017
And when it was pointed out that 68% of conservative Republicans believe abortion should be illegal, Lahren lightheartedly pointed out that she receives an equal amount of backlash from both political parties due to her beliefs.
However, the timing of her pro-choice acknowledgement is what threw a lot of people off. During the Women’s March following President Trump’s inauguration, Lahren vehemently condemned the march’s purpose, labeling it as “playing the victim card.”
She especially criticized the movement for excluding pro-life women’s groups from participating — leading a lot of people to assume she, herself, was pro-life.
Regardless of whether her fans lose faith in her as a conservative in the spotlight, Lahren’s notoriety and career seem to be snowballing into the mainstream media. However, only time will tell if the media-slamming 24-year-old will start to detest that fact.
You can check out the whole interview below: